Last night, LessThan3 members Kid Alien, Starchild, and Flo had the privilege of attending a pairing up of bass music duos Zeds Dead & Mt Eden at the Best Buy Theatre in Manhattan. Thrown by up-and-coming EDM events company Bass Fueled Mischief, the show was exactly what Manhattan needed last night–and the crowd draw was impressive considering Deadmau5 was rocking Roseland Ballroom and Thomas Gold was at Pacha simultaneously. The venue choice couldn’t have been better, as the superb acoustics and design of Best Buy Theatre allowed for the bassy sound waves to travel cleanly into the crowds’ ears. It was the perfect setting for the evening of destruction ahead, the likes of which New York has not seen too often in times past.
New Zealand-based Mt Eden was the first duo up to bat, and I was admittedly completely unprepared for what I was about to hear. Every track dropped, from Ill by Chasing Shadows to an unbelievable dubstep remix of Bombs over Baghdad by Outkast, was a completely fresh, new, and unbelievably energetic sound. As Starchild put it, “it was peak time the whole time.” The New York crowd was eating it up, as well; this was a newer experience for many of them, as a show of this magnitude with these artists probably would have not succeeded as recently as a year ago in this city. A rap duo from New Zealand was on stage with Mt Eden for a good chunk of the time, providing a great amount of energy with their skillful rapping and…yes…crowd surfing. At one point one of the rappers requested that the audience “direct him to the bar,” and they proceeded to make his body float in the direction of the nearest bar. Quite a sight, indeed. Keep an ear out for upcoming Mt Eden single Bang, which was dropped last night to enormous crowd reaction.
Up next was Zeds Dead, who brought variations on a theme started by Mt Eden for the audience. Dubstep was dropped, along with electro, drum’n’bass, and, of course, the new bass music required genre: moombahton. Reptile’s Theme and the Knife Party remix of Unison by Porter Robinson. Zeds Dead’s set had a markedly more “tribal” feel, with Dutch house and Caribbean-flavored dubstep beats peppering the mix with a unique flavor. The audience absolutely ate it up. One of the biggest reactions was when the new vocal mix of No Beef by Afrojack and Steve Aoki was dropped, during which one of the members instructed the crowd to go as crazy as possible during the drop. The resulting eruption was an amazing spectacle from my location in the balcony.
I cannot say one negative thing about my experience last night at this fantastic show–it may have been the hardest I’ve danced in years. Keep an eye out for more Bass Fueled Mischief shows at Best Buy Theatre located in the heart of Times Square, including the November 18th show with Dirtyphonics and Funtcase. Get your tickets here.